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After Hearing On Sheen's Police Escort, Policy Still Unclear

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D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier spoke to the council Thursday about the department's VIP escort policy.
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D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier spoke to the council Thursday about the department's VIP escort policy.

After the hearing, it's still unclear how many celebrities have received escorts from police officers and what the exact policy is regarding these escorts.

On one hand, Lanier says there are times when, for public safety reasons, police need to provide an escort to a celebrity. She cited a Britney Spears performance in 2003.

But the chief says for the most part, it is not the role of police officers to provide escorts to celebrities and VIPs. She says documents show police have given escorts to 17 celebrities since 2002, but another police officer who testified said that figure is much higher. Lanier says there are several investigations looking into the issue.

There is a police audit underway, as well an internal affairs probe into the Sheen escort. The city's inspector general is also expected to release a report in the coming weeks.

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